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Raajje TV journalist alleges attempted assault by government officials

Raajje TV COO Hussain Fiyaz Moosa alleged that Abdul Shukoor Abdulla, executive coordinator at the youth ministry, and Ahmed Mamdhooh, deputy managing director of the state-owned Maldives Road Development Corporation, attempted to assault him inside the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital on Monday.

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Supreme Court assures of commitment to rule of law

The Supreme Court has reiterated its commitment to upholding the rule of law in the wake of an unexplained explosion on the presidential speedboat that injured the first lady and two staff.

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President forms advisory committee after speedboat blast

“This is not a presidential commission or an investigative committee. It is only an advisory one to make sure yesterday’s incident will not have room to repeat,” said Ibrahim Muaz Ali, spokesperson at the president’s office. The committee includes the police and military heads of intelligence, but not the police commissioner or chief of defence forces.

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Ex-president’s brother sues prisons authority over visitation rights

Nazim Sattar filed the case at the civil court today contending that the Maldives Correctional Services had arbitrarily reversed its previous decision to allow the former president’s siblings to visit him once a week at the Maafushi prison.

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Fears raised of “targeted arrest” against Assistant Attorney General

A lawyer who works at the Attorney General’s office described Ismail Wisham as “a pro-government, technical lawyer” and said: “The general feeling at the office is a sense of sadness and shock. I personally feel the arrest was targeted as there seems to be no explicit public policy reason for police to carry out such a raid.”

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Assistant Attorney General arrested in late night alcohol raid

Ismail Wisham, the assistant attorney general, and his wife were arrested in a late night raid on Monday, sources have said. Alcohol and hash oil were reportedly discovered on the premises.

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FBI agent, Saudi Arabian forensic experts arrive in Malé for boat blast probe

A US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent and a team of Saudi Arabian forensic experts arrived in the Maldives last night to assist an investigation into an explosion on the presidential speedboat that injured the first lady.

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First lady sustained minor bone fractures in speedboat blast

“The injuries are not serious and by the grace of God, she does not require any surgery. She will make a full recovery with plenty of bed rest and care,” said Mohamed Hussain Shareef, the presidential affairs minister.

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Podesta Group hired to “whitewash” government’s crimes

“Government officials are clearly rattled at the prospect of facing targeted sanctions. But rather than doing the right thing and freeing the political prisoners, they are spending amounts of public money on foreign lobbyists, who will try to whitewash their crimes,” said Hamid Abdul Ghafoor, the MDP’s international spokesman.

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Vice president extols friendship with India and China

Vice President Ahmed Adeeb lauded and reaffirmed the Maldives’ friendship with rivals India and China at separate functions this week. The current administration has been accused of threatening Indian Ocean regional security by deciding to participate in the Chinese ’21st Century Maritime Silk Road’ initiative.

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Police seeking FBI assistance to investigate explosion on president’s speedboat

“We would like to assure the Maldivian people that we will investigate this incident as a serious case and that the Maldivian police and MNDF will work together to find out the truth of how this happened,” the police have said.

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Nasheed brought to Malé for MRI scan

Former President Mohamed Nasheed underwent an MRI scan for an old spinal injury at the ADK hospital at 9am on Saturday.

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CMAG to work with member states on judicial independence, political freedoms

The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) met in New York on Friday discussed the undermining of judicial independence and the systematic denial of political space including the detention of political leaders in member states.

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Explosion on president’s speedboat, President Yameen unharmed

A loud blast was heard just as the ‘Finifenmaa’ speedboat docked at the pier, followed by glass shattering, and the door on the speedboat fell off its hinges. Yameen was not injured, but First Lady Fathmath Ibrahim, a presidential aide, and a bodyguard are undergoing treatment for injuries.

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Maldives hires US lobbyist Podesta Group for US$300,000

The government of Maldives has hired Washington’s most prominent lobbyist firm Podesta Group for a sum of US$300,000 to advocate on its behalf amidst calls for sanctions on government officials for human rights violations.

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Maldives denies hiring US lobbyist Podesta Group

The Attorney General’s Office has denied reports that the government of Madives has hired Washington’s most prominent lobbyist firm, Podesta Group, to advocate on its behalf amidst calls for sanctions for human rights violations.

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Maldives accepts UPR recommendations on judicial reform

The judiciary came under fire during the Maldives’ Universal Periodic Review in May over “politicisation,” inadequate qualification of judges, and lack of conformity to international fair trial standards as well as the Supreme Court’s contempt of court cases against the Elections Commission and Human Rights Commission of Maldives.

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